Taught course (will run subject to approval)

Public and Cultural Diplomacy

University of Siena · Department of Social, Political and Cognitive Sciences

Entry requirements

Open access degree programme.

Months of entry


Course content

The MSc in Public and Cultural Diplomacy aims to provide the necessary understanding and skills to work in the fields of international and inter-cultural cooperation, international communication and foreign public engagement.

This program focuses on the following areas:

  • The evolution of diplomacy from classic state-to-state relations, to public diplomacy and now to cultural and global diplomacy, in different geo-political areas;
  • the emergence of a multi-cultural approach in the practices of planning and management of cultural heritages;
  • the expansion of professional skills in the management and communication of international projects.

To address these topics the course will adopt a multi-disciplinary perspective. Students are asked to master the political, economic, legal and historical backgrounds of the geographical areas in which they want to operate. Students will be exposed to a wide set of innovative theoretical and methodological approaches to international relations, including soft and smart power strategies, strategies of communication in international relations, mediation techniques, conflict management in areas of crisis.

Stemming from a common core of topics, on the second year students can choose among two different curricula. One (curriculum in Cultural Diplomacy) will provide the relevant skills to work and understand the role of cultural diplomacy, with particular reference to the management of the cultural heritage. The other (curriculum in Public Diplomacy) will focus on strategies and techniques for understanding, communicating and influencing international audiences in public, scientific and cultural diplomacy.

Fees and funding

UK students
up to 2,000 Euros
International students
up to 2,000 Euros

The annual fee is divided into three installments, as follows:

  • 1st instalment: fixed rate based on the type of degree course (humanities, science, EU regulated).
  • 2nd instalment: calculated based on income.
  • 3rd instalment: calculated based on merit.

The fee can also vary in the presence of any applicable benefits or exemptions.


Students enrolling at the University of Siena can apply for a DSU (Regional Body for the Right of University Studies) scholarship. The application is open until September/October of each year.

Scholarship assignees will receive a sum of money (covering University fees) and have free access to University canteens and free accommodation at halls of residence, if admitted. Should such accommodation not be available, assignees will be given a rent contribution, if requested.

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

  • MSc
    full time
    24 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification

Course contact details

Prof. Luca Verzichelli